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Little Women (1994)



Critic Consensus: Thanks to a powerhouse lineup of talented actresses, Gillian Armstrong's take on Louisa May Alcott's Little Women proves that a timeless story can succeed no matter how many times it's told.

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This newest version of Louisa May Alcott's tender novel is considered to be among the best as it chronicles the lives of four sisters growing up in the mid nineteenth century. The story is set in New England during and immediately after the Civil War. The four March sisters Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy are living alone with their mother Marmee. Their father has left to fight in the Union Army and their standard of living and social status has been greatly reduced. The story primarily focuses upon Jo, a budding writer of adventure and crime stories. As the seasons turn and years pass the girls grow up. Meg marries her former tutor Brooke, Beth is damaged by scarlet fever, and Jo spurns Laurie after he proposes. Marmee advises Jo to celebrate her independence and Jo moves to New York where she becomes a trashy novelist under the pen name "Joseph." In New York she meets Friedrich Bhaer a German philosophy professor. She feels an instant connection to him. Meanwhile Amy is in Europe studying art when she encounters Laurie who has become a playboy. After a family tragedy and at the behest of her mentor the professor, Jo changes her writing style and becomes Louisa May Alcott.

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Winona Ryder
as Jo March
Susan Sarandon
as Mrs. March
Trini Alvarado
as Meg March
Eric Stoltz
as John Brooke
Gabriel Byrne
as Friedrich Bhaer
Claire Danes
as Beth March
Kirsten Dunst
as Younger Amy March
Samantha Mathis
as Older Amy March
John Neville
as Mr. Laurence
Mary Wickes
as Aunt March
Robin Collins
as Carriage Boy
Corrie Clark
as Belle Gardiner
Rebecca Toolan
as Mrs. Gardiner
Matthew Walker
as Mister March
Curt Willington
as Red Haired Young Man
Billie Pleffer
as Naughty Girl
Louella Pleffer
as Naughty Girl
Janne Mortil
as Sally Moffat
Sarah Strange
as Sally's Friend
Ahnee Boyce
as Sally's Friend
Marco Roy
as Mr. Parker
A.J. Unger
as Ned Moffat
Janie Wood-Morris
as Boston Matron
Janie Woods-Morris
as Boston Matron
Patricia Leith
as Boston Matron
Christine Lippa
as Mrs. Hummel
Kristina West
as Hummel Child
Nicole Babuick
as Hummel Child
Jenna Percy
as Hummel Child
Alan Robertson
as Dr. Bangs
Mar Andersons
as Fred Vaughn
Bethoe Shirkoff
as Art Teacher
Marilyn Norry
as Mrs. Kirk
Tegan Moss
as Minnie Kirk
Janet Craig
as Miss Norton
Beverley Elliott
as Irish Maid
James Leard
as Office Worker
Charles Baird
as Office Worker
Jay Brazeau
as Dashwood
Demetri Goritsas
as Bhaer's Student
Kate Robbins
as Opera Singer/Leila
Donal Logue
as Jacob Mayer
Scott Bellis
as John McCracken
John Shaw
as Charles Botts
Irene Miscisco
as French Maid
Peter James Haworth
as Male Secretary
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Critic Reviews for Little Women

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (15)

By and large it's immensely well done.

May 23, 2019 | Full Review…

Alcott's sense, sensibility and sentiment find new life in this handcrafted valentine.

February 20, 2018 | Full Review…
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If you can't get the man (or boy) in your life to budge, have a girls' night out with Little Women, and leave 'em guessing at what you enjoyed so much.

September 7, 2011 | Rating: A | Full Review…

An outstanding version of Louisa May Alcott's perennial, one that surpasses even the best previous rendition, George Cukor's 1933 outing starring Katharine Hepburn.

May 27, 2008

Be prepared, however, for a large beaker of the milk of human kindness.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

Devoted and lovely retelling of the classic story.

August 7, 2003 | Rating: 4/5
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Audience Reviews for Little Women

Yet another version of the classic novel. I loved the cast, and of course the story is timeless, so it's a good movie. The only problem is that if you've seen the other little women movies, it's just the same story again. Anyway, it's good movie.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Little women are about 4 women that grew up in the Civil War period. They were face with hardships like having their father off fighting in the war, being poor and being teenaged. When a new boy moves in next door the girl's world turns up side town. Over time they had to learn ho to deal with news things of growing up like falling in love and that they cannot live together under their parents house forever. Pros Good acting and plot. It had good music in this film. This film is really moving. Con it can be slow some times If you like coming age films, click flicks or really moving films, you should give this a try.

erika bruhns
erika bruhns

Super Reviewer


Yum, spitwad between Jo and Laurie.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

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